Bedsit formed as a solo project by Tom Hockney in 2019. Depressed and coping with loss of a friend, Tom picked up the acoustic guitar and learned his first open chords during late nights sat on the kitchen floor. Scratchy phone recordings eventually lead to fully fledged songs in 2020, when Tom recorded Bedsit’s solo EP ‘Pocket Toy’ out of the bedsit in which he lived.
Soon after the EP’s release, lockdown hit and Tom joined with Casey Stead (Guitar), George Garnett (Drums) and Tom Scanlon (Bass) to bring Bedsit to life.
Together, the band exploited their variety of influences to create a dynamic set of songs, grounded by their shared love of grunge. Outrage and anguish swelled through Bedsit's soul. When lockdown eased in June 2021, Bedsit jumped at the opportunity to perform their debut gig before a limited-capacity audience at legendary The New Adelphi Club, Hull.
The scene was suffering, and many gigs had gone underground or got cancelled due to covid. The band decided to take a risk and booked a date in November to celebrate the 30th birthday of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ by playing the album in its entirety. With much practice, Bedsit performed to a sold-out audience.
Buzzing from their success, Bedsit set out to create their debut single ‘Go Outside’. The song is a cry for help – a plea for freedom – to do away with the stress and uncertainty of modern times and reconnect with one’s primal humanity. Self-produced in their own studio ‘Unit 45’, mixed by George Garnett, the single was accompanied by an ambitious music video directed by Rob Moses and edited by Tom Hockney. Released April 2022 under the band’s independent record label ‘Forever Underdogs’, ‘Go Outside’ demonstrated what was possible for the Bedsit to produce themselves. WATCH THE 'GO OUTSIDE' MUSIC VIDEO HERE.
Bedsit’s hometown shows grew in strength and excitement. Soon they were supporting the likes of 'XSLF', 'Will and the People' and 'False Advertising'. With three of their members working at 'The New Adelphi Club' - one of Britain's oldest independent music venues and winner of the MVT's 'Grassroots Venue: Spirit of the Scene 2022', Bedsit were entwined with the live music scene, and building momentum.
Tom Scanlon left the band and Ciaran Hall (Bass) joined. Optimistic about the new line-up, Bedsit recorded their second EP ‘Dead Bands’. The title track is a celebration of the heritage of live music. From gigantic rockstars who inspired generations, to local artists who you think never got the exposure they deserved, they were all answering the same calling: blessed release. How those burning passions, die as they may, continue to smoulder in the hearts of strangers inspiring generations of sympathetic joy and creativity.
Once again self-produced at ‘Unit 45’, the EP was mixed by Nick Russell; the music video for the lead single ‘Dead Bands’ was shot by Jacob of ‘Casket Media’, directed and edited by Tom Hockney. WATCH THE 'DEAD BANDS' MUSIC VIDEO HERE.
The EP was released in February 2023 under independent Hull-based label Forever Underdogs, and received critical aclaim from the likes of BBC's Radio 6 Steve Lamacq and Louder Than War Magazine. Bedsit performed their first ever UK headline tour in February 2023, at the end of which they recorded a live session with BBC Introducing Humberside.
Kane Nuttall took over on bass guitar as the band toured eight dates in July 2023. Keen to bank on their momentum, Bedsit recorded their next single 'F.I.D.O.' and B-side in September 2023 alongside a music video depicintg the life of a touring band just breaking through on the national scene. WATCH THE 'F.I.D.O.' VIDEO HERE
Currently, Bedsit are writing and preparing to record their debut album, set for 2024.